Adam Schiff Says the House Proved Its Case Over Trump's Impeachment, Says It's Up to Senators to Make It a Fair Trial

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff said in an interview on Sunday that the House of Representatives "proved [its] case" when it impeached President Donald Trump, and that the onus was on the Senate to determine whether or not Trump's subsequent trial was conducted fairly.

Schiff, who represents California's 28th congressional district in the House, made the remarks in an interview on CBS News' Face the Nation.

Host Margaret Brennan asked Schiff is there were anything he would have done differently. He answered that he would not have done anything differently, and said that it was within the power of the Senate to demand a "fair trial" with "witnesses and testimony" for Trump.

"Look, there's nothing that I can see that we could have done differently because as the senators have already admitted, we proved our case," Schiff said in response. "We proved our case. Now, the president's lawyers have said time and again, I think, hoping through sheer repetition to make something true that is in fact untrue, that the process in this impeachment was different than in Nixon and Clinton.

"In fact, the president had the same due process rights, which he did not avail himself of in this process as in the prior ones. That is not an excuse that should be used by any senator for not fulfilling their obligation to hold a fair trial. They're not spectators. They have control over the proceedings. And they could have insisted on witnesses and documents and for whatever reason, chose not to."

After a whistleblower alerted the government to a July phone call for which Trump was accused of asking the government of Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden, and Biden's son, the Democrat-led House of Representatives launched an impeachment inquiry. The president was eventually impeached in December for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, the third such presidential impeachment in American history.

As was the case with prior impeachments and dictated by the Constitution, the Republican-dominated Senate opened a trial last month for Trump to decide whether or not to remove him from office. On Friday, the Senate voted 51-49 to not hear witnesses in the trial. The trial is expected to end soon with an acquittal for Trump.

As Newsweek previously reported, this would be "the first presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history without witnesses and brings Trump one step closer to becoming the third president to be acquitted of articles of impeachment."

The final Senate vote in the impeachment trial is expected to take place on Wednesday, according to The Hill.

Senate Impeachment Trial Of President Trump Continues
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to reporters in the Senate basement at the U.S. Capitol as the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump continues on January 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Zach Gibson/Getty
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